Creating more O.G.R.s
Which O.G.R.s would you cross-breed in your garden for beauty and health?
Have you ever considered rose hybridizing as a hobby?
I learned how to propagate just by using instructions over the internet, thanks to Mel Humes' excellent article, and I took the next step in creating more roses, by learning how to hybridize.
The instructions at www.rosehybridizers.org
are on the first page and the article 'How to Hybridize Roses' by Jospeh F. Winchel, on the same website, make the process sound nearly as easy as propagating. "Nothing ventured, nothing gained", as the quote goes.
Where I last lived I made the mistake of pollinating roses that were close to a low fence, and someone picked severa; branching canes that held blooming roses, that also had the few crosses I had made, even though those blooms had plastic bags tied over them, but since then I moved and now have a very tall wooden fence, I decided to try, try again.,
My goals include
-creating a smaller bush of a Tea-Noisette cultivar.
Last weekend I pollinated 'Duchess de Brabant' with 'Nastarana', several times, with the goal of creating a smaller T-N of a white, or pink hue.
If I can get pollen from a 'Westside Road Cream Tea' when Nastarana flushes next, I'll cross those.
Now I'm looking for a healthy deeper hued orange-blend rose, probably a Pernetiana, and also a medium or darker pink Tea or Noisette, to cross with 'Crepescule'
There is also a rose hybridizers forum at
my heart was filled with gladness when I read there, that several folks are hybridizing with wild roses, such as R. clinophylla, R. virgiana, and other beauties. Oh Joy!